Picture: A Senegalese Woman Doing The Leumbeul Dance (Strip Dancing)
This new dance, known as the "Leumbeul", is attracting a growing number of Senegalese women who do not mind showing off their private parts. Controversy has been raging on for several months in Senegal over the "Leumbeul" dance, especially after the release of sexually provocative videos on the Internet. One of the videos shows women gyrating and rolling their behinds to the rhythm of drums without hesitating to show their most intimate parts. Many believe that "Leumbeul", which is originally a traditional dance, has morphed into a practice that they deem detrimental to the image of the Senegalese woman.
Last March, a video titled Sabar bou graw (indecent dance in Wolof, the main Senegalese language), made its grand entry on the internet and has since become very popular within the blogging community as well as on social networking site. Although the taped event dates as far back as 2004, the attention it has drawn in the past eight months cannot be underestimated.
The video shows a host of Sabar contests organized by communities of women who practice the more revealing type of the "Leumbeul" dance. They do not mind exposing their private parts. Known to bring women together, to dance and play to the sound of drums, Sabar has been part of the Senegalese culture since time immemorial. But for many, it cannot be called a traditional dance anymore due to its recently perceived sexual nature... MORE